Yesterday

Yesterday had the potential to really suck.

Yesterday would have been an anniversary– a six year anniversary, to be exact.

Yesterday could have been miserable for me, but it wasn’t, simply because I have the best friends and family in the world.

A few weeks ago, I decided that I definitely did not want to spend the day alone. Instead, I did the exact opposite—I threw a party!

The invitation was simple: Girls only. Bring wine.

Wine

I knew I could count on my friends and family to be there for me.

Dara and me   Dara and me

Group ShotFrom left: Erica, Mareesa, Me, Jess

Dana and me Dana and me

Mareesa’s birthday was on Thursday, so the party doubled as a birthday party for her. Dara brought a birthday sash for her, and a bunch of fabulous crowns for us to wear.

Group shot From left: Mareesa,Me, Alicia, Emily

She also brought a bunch of party decorations. My favorite was this door decorating kit:

Door decorating kit

I couldn’t decide what to write, so I just copied the message from the package:

Door decorating kit

I think it might stay on my door forever.   

Party snacks included Stacy’s pita chips and garlic hummus, and mini pretzels with cranberry honey mustard for dipping.

Party Snacks

I also put together a fancy-schmancy cheese and grape platter: 

Cheese and Grape platter

We ordered pizzas, too, but I’ll spare you the blurry pictures.

Lots of fun was had:

Mareesa, Emily, and Alicia 

Tons of candid pictures were taken:

Candid Candid

[I might get killed for posting these]

And some not so candid ones were also taken:

Group shot   Dara and me

Yesterday very easily could have been a depressing, and emotionally draining day for me, but I refused to let it be. I could have  dreaded yesterday for weeks, but I planned a fun event, and was excited about it instead. I could have sat around thinking about what should have been, but I chose to create new, happy memories to associate with the 16th. I conquered the day, and am ridiculously proud of myself for doing so.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have such an amazing support system. I don’t know what I’d do without my friends and family. They are constantly there, constantly caring, and constantly inspiring and motivating me to push through. They remind me to take one day at a time, and I am so thankful to have them in my life. I find it so difficult to be sad around them. They’ve helped make me excited and hopeful for these changes and the months ahead.

I know I’m going to be fine, and if I ever find myself questioning that, I can just look at my fridge:

Encouragement

Have a great Saturday! <3

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When Bloggers Drink Margaritas…

Heather and Me

On Tuesday, Heather, Cynthia, and I met at Bombers Burrito Bar in Schenectady for a small birthday/going away party. Jeff also came with our friends, Jess and Seth, but I’m going to leave their pictures out of this post. 🙂

Blurry Bombers

I’m really going to miss my local blends (blog friends).

Heather and Me

Cynthia and Me

Heather and I decided that drinking margaritas together was necessary since it would be our last time seeing each other for a while.

Melon MargaritaBahama Mama Margarita

Don’t worry- we had plenty of food to eat with our drinks. I ordered the BBQ Tofu burrito, which was filled with BBQ Tofu, rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Yum!

BBQ Tofu Burrito

It was GINORMOUS. My plate ended up like this:

BBQ Tofu

I decided to spill the contents of the burrito onto my plate and eat it without the tortilla. I devoured half and took the other half home. I had sweet potato fries on the side (they came with maple syrup!) 

Cynthia brought cupcakes from Whole Foods for dessert!

Cupcakes

I dug into the Peanut butter one before taking a picture. Oops! I had tastes of all of them, but my favorite was the one with the raspberries on top.

She also brought mini cupcakes, which we shared with the waitress:

Mini Cupcakes

Overall, we had a great time. I’m so glad I got to see Heather and Cynthia before my move, and that I was able have an early birthday celebration with them!

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